ARCHITECTURAL INTEGRITY IS PURPOSE OF DESIGN GUIDELINES

Old historic homes that are located in the North Slope Historic District or the Wedge Historic District have special protection from inappropriate architectural changes; all changes made to these homes must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. This group of expert volunteers oversees changes made to structures on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, and approves changes to the structures.

Some changes that need to be approved are:
  • Removing or replacing siding.
  • Adding or changing of porches, decks, solar panels, or other additions to the house.
  • Replacing windows or doors.
  • Changes that follow the Design Guidelines may be quickly approved administratively.
Some changes that do not need approval are:
  • Interior changes to kitchens or bathrooms are not covered by the Guidelines.
  • Painting and landscaping
  • Minor repairs, such as repairing a handrail, or replacing a board on a step.

So, should every NSHD home owner read these Design Guidelines? Yes, everyone should!
And, where can you find them? Right here, below.

READ THE DESIGN GUIDELINES HERE